Resources for Information Studies

To help you find relevant resources for information studies use the information below to get started. For any further help or advice contact your subject librarian Anita Saycell .

More information for Distance Learning students can be found at:




Most Information Studies books are found in the Thomas Parry Library. Use Primo to locate a book’s exact location and availability.

All our e-books can be found on Primo, alternatively you may prefer online browsing the titles offered by one of our main e-book providers ProQuest Ebook Central .

Distance Learning students (Undergaduate and Masters) studying with the Department of Information Studies should email  with any requests for postal loans.

The return address for postal loans: Thomas Parry Library, Information Services, Aberystwyth University, Llanbadarn Centre, Aberystwyth, SY23 3AS


Key areas in Thomas Parry Library:Shelf location
Archives Administration CD950
Bibliography Z1001 - Z1121
Business Information Sources HF54.5
Cataloguing Z693 – Z695.83
Censorship Z657 – Z659
Collection Development Z687 – Z718.85
Copyright Z551 – Z656
General Management HD31
History of the book/bookmaking Z4 – Z5
Information Retrieval Z699 – Z699.5
Intellectual Property Law K1401 - K1578
Knowledge Management HD30.2
Library and Information Sciences Z665 – Z718.8
Library Operations Z687-Z718.85
Manuscripts and rare books Z105 – Z115.5
Marketing HF5415.13
Presentation Skills HF5438.8.P74
Printing Z116.A5 – Z265.5
Publishing Z278 – Z549
Records Management HF5736.H2
Report writing HF5719


Journals & Articles


Journals provide important sources of academic information.  You can search for journal articles using the Primo 'Articles & more' search in Primo.


Also search the databases directly for relevant articles:

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (EBSCO) - indexed back to mid-1960’s, over 600 journals indexed (some cover to cover others selectively), Includes both scholarly journals and professional magazines, along with technical journals, conference proceedings, books and research reports.

LISA (Library and Information Science Abstracts) - indexed back to 1969, over 400 journals indexed, which includes scholarly journals, professional magazines and technical journals.

Web of Science – searches a core collection of databases, which includes the Social Sciences citation index from 1956 and Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities from 1990 - present.

Business Source Complete - contains access to over 3,000 journals. Covers all areas of business, including finance, management, management information systems, marketing and international business.

Emerald Insight - database covering major management disciplines such as marketing, HR, organisational development, library & information management, quality and operations management.


Finding and using journal articles off-campus:

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Distance Learning students studying with the Department of Information Studies should email  with postal article requests that are only available in print in the Thomas Parry Library.



BOB (Box of Broadcasts)

Catch up with radio and TV news.  Over 60+ TV and radio channels covered.


Nexis UK

A full-text database which searches regional, national and global newspapers from over 100 countries, business and industry trade magazines, business news and company information.


Times Digital Archive

A database containing the complete digital edition of The Times (London) from 1785- 1985. Contains every complete page of every issue of the newspaper, including headlines, articles and images from all content - front pages, editorials, birth and death notices, advertisements and classified ads.


Burney Collection of Newspapers

More than 1,200 newspapers/news materials from early English newspapers from 17th and 18th century.


Keeping up to date

Automatic alerts can be set up for journal articles, table of contents or journal titles in your subject area:

ZETOC - Access to over 29,000 journals and more than 52 million article citations and conference papers.

JournalTOCs - Access to 27,186 journal table of contents from over 2707 publishers.

Special Collections


Discover the University’s unique and rare collections:

Follow the Special Collections blog to discover the latest collections on display and archives available at Aberystwyth University.


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Print theses

Aberystwyth has a theses collection which can be useful when you come to write your own.  They are all on Primo, if you want to search for theses on a particular topic use the keyword disthes along with any other relevant keywords.


Electronic theses

Search the university repository Cadair and the British Library Electronic Thesis Online Service

More information can be found at:

Information Skills


See our Information Skills pages  for information on:

  • avoiding plagiarism
  • finding printed materials in the library
  • finding and evaluating electronic information
  • keeping up to date in your subject of study
  • effective study and bibliographic referencing
  • library induction and skills training

Subject databases


Literature Online
Over 355,000 literary works along with key criticism and reference sources.  Also included are accurate colelctions of poetry, prose and drama along with full text journals and author biographies.


Archives Hub
The Archives Hub provides a single point of access to descriptions of archives held in 167 UK repositories. The Archives Hub forms one part of the UK's National Archives Network. An important aspect of the work of the Archives Hub is to provide training and advice on issues relating to electronic cataloguing of archives.


Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH)
The Bibliography of British and Irish History provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available - from 55BC to the present.


Connected Histories: British History Sources 1500-1900
Connected Histories brings together a range of digital resources related to early modern and nineteenth century Britain with a single federated search that allows sophisticated searching of names, places and dates.


EBSCO Education package (Includes British Education Index and ERIC)
The EBSCO Education package includes the British Education Index, Child Development & Adolescent Studies, ERIC (Education Resource Information Center), Education Abstracts and Educational Administration Abstracts.


International Medieval Bibliography (IMB)
The IMB was established in 1967, and is the leading interdisciplinary bibliography of the Middle Ages.   It covers periodical literature and miscellany volumes published in Europe, North America, Australasia, Brazil, Japan and South Africa. 


JISC Historical Texts
Historical Texts brings together three historically significant collections for the first time: Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and 65,000 texts from the British Library 19th Century collection.


JISC Manuscripts Online : written culture 1000 to 1500
Manuscripts Online enables you to search a diverse body of online primary resources relating to written and early printed culture in Britain during the period 1000 to 1500. The resources include literary manuscripts, historical documents and early printed books which are located on websites owned by libraries, archives, universities and publishers.


John Johnson Collection
This collection provides access to thousands of items selected from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, offering unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Categories include Nineteenth-Century Entertainment, the Booktrade, Popular Prints, Crimes, Murders and Executions, and Advertising.


Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
This is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century.



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